How Pop-Up Books Improve Reading Skills

Colorful and creative, pop-up books are fun for readers of all ages. This is why we love them.
By Maria Minsker
Oct 15, 2014



How Pop-Up Books Improve Reading Skills

Oct 15, 2014

What’s better than a book with lots of pictures? A book with pictures that explode right off the page! Here's why these feats of paper engineering are great for readers:

They’re interactive
With tabs and flaps that turn ordinary illustrations 3-D, pop-up books will have even the most reluctant reader eagerly turning pages to catch a glimpse of the next scene. They’re a great way to add some extra incentive and rewards to reading, especially for kids who get bored quickly, says Frank J. Sileo, Ph.D., children’s psychologist and author. Plus, touching the images gives little ones the feeling that they’re inside the story, which makes it all the more engaging.

They help build vocabulary
Reading a pop-up book once just won’t cut it for kids — they’ll want to experience it again and again. You can feel good about encouraging repetition because rereading is an important part of strengthening a child’s vocabulary skills.

They teach the value of visualization
As youngsters transition to books with fewer pictures (or no pictures at all!), visualizing the characters, setting, and plot will become a key part of understanding the text. Pop-ups are perfect for training kids’ imaginations to picture what’s happening in the story and getting them ready for a lifetime of richer reading experiences.

Picks That Pop:

Pop-up Peekaboo: Woof! Woof! by DK Publishing

Puppies hide behind trees, pop out of the doghouse, and more. Babies still learning motor skills may need supervision and help being gentle. DK, $9. Ages birth to 3.

Dragons and Monsters by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda

Reinhart and Sabuda are the cream of the crop when it comes to pop-up magic. Find all your favorite mythical creatures brought to life in paper form here. Candlewick, $30. Ages 5 and up.

Where is Mama? by Yating Hung

A fun twist on the classic “hunt for Mama” plot, with adorable illustrations. We can’t get enough of the tadpoles’ super-cute goggly eyes! Abrams, $20. Ages 3 to 5.

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